Eau Claire Criminal Defense Blog

When study habits lead to drug habits

Making the grade is at the top of the list of most college students' agendas when it comes to high priorities and matters of importance. You've probably stayed up all night a time or two with your Wisconsin college roommates, cramming for final exams and trying to stay one step ahead. Perhaps you're like other students who hold down jobs while going to school. This can make for a very challenging, stressful life at times.

There are many ways to boost your energy, enhance creativity and avoid chronic fatigue so you can keep up with your schoolwork and fulfill all your other duties and activities as well. For instance, some people use strong smelling citrus or mint oils to help them stay awake. Not every option works for every person, however. There are also some habits that most students like you will want to avoid, such as taking prescription drugs that aren't prescribed for you.

Breathalyzers can be wrong when hypoglycemia occurs

Breathalyzers can have false results, which is why you can question a result's legitimacy in court. There are dozens of reasons why a breath test could be inaccurate. One reason that you need to know about is if you have acetone in your breath. Acetone exists in most people's breath, but in some, it can be high enough to set off the breath test and cause a false reading. Diabetics are more likely to have this issue, since their breath may have acetone in it if they are hypoglycemic.

The problem with hypoglycemia, specifically, is that it has other symptoms that mimic alcohol intoxication. For example, someone who is hypoglycemic may have jerky movements or be confused. He or she may be dizzy, shaky or clumsy. Unfortunately, hypoglycemia is a medical emergency for many people. Believing that the person is drunk delays a correct diagnosis and can put his or her life in jeopardy.

Wisconsin struggles as drug dealer arrests decline

Fewer drug dealers are being arrested in Wisconsin, but that's not necessarily good news. Instead, the people harmed by these dealers, drug users, are seeing themselves in the custody of the police. To make a long story short, the police are catching more people who are in possession of drugs without eliminating the people bringing drugs into the area.

As the drug epidemic spreads throughout Wisconsin, the fact is that it's much easier to find those who use drugs than those who are selling them. There are more fatal overdoses, infections with Hepatitis C and families impacted by drug use than ever before. The police have increased their work toward getting drugs off the streets, but there hasn't been an increase in the number of drug dealers being arrested.

What is voluntary manslaughter?

Voluntary manslaughter is an intentional killing. The person facing the charge must not have had any prior intent to face voluntary manslaughter allegations. If the individual did plan to kill someone, then it's more likely that he or she will face murder charges.

Not planning to murder someone is the primary requirement of voluntary manslaughter. For example, if you're enjoying a walk with friends when you see your boyfriend with another woman, you might be enraged enough to attack him or her. If one of them ends up dead, then you can be charged with voluntary manslaughter due to attacking in the heat of the moment.

Under 21? You might be able to drink in public

When you're under the age of 21, it is not legal for you to drink over a certain amount of alcohol and be behind the wheel of a vehicle. However, that doesn't mean you're never allowed to drink or that you're completely banned from consuming alcohol in public. While the legal drinking age is 21, there are exceptions to every rule.

People who are under the age of 21 usually cannot be on a premises that is licensed to sell alcohol. However, if they are with guardians, spouses of legal drinking age or their parents, the licensee may decide that it's appropriate for them to be at the venue. In those cases, the individuals may also possess and consume alcoholic beverages with their parents.

Should you get out of your car if police pull you over?

While you're in college, you no doubt face any number of challenges on a daily basis. From getting to classes on time, remembering to do your own laundry or making the money your parents sent you last a sufficient amount of time, you likely succeed in many areas and drop the ball in others. That's life. It's a learning experience.

Hopefully, you'll make it through your entire college career without serious problems and will one day join your fellow classmates as you walk across a stage to receive your diploma. In the meantime, you may hit certain obstacles in your journey, some more difficult to overcome than others. For instance, if you're driving to a nearby restaurant to meet up with some friends on your free time and a police officer pulls you over, your path to success may be interrupted for a time.

Caught with brass knuckles? Know your rights

Brass knuckles made a comeback in fashion in the 2000s, and many people were seen wearing them to make a statement. Plastic, metal and other styles of these weapons could be seen on earrings or necklaces, for example. Interestingly, brass knuckles are not legal. Also known as knuckle dusters, brass knuckles are an incredibly dangerous weapon.

Most states make brass knuckles illegal because of the harm they can cause. Injuries from the weapons can result in broken bones, lacerations and even concussions. The injuries aren't typically fatal, but there have been cases where attacks using brass knuckles resulted in a person's death.

You can fight a drug charge by knowing the legal process

When you're arrested, you may feel like you want to fight back and defend yourself. It's not in your best interests to do so. Don't become violent or try to explain yourself, because you may incriminate yourself further. Go with the police willingly, and be patient, because you will have a chance to defend yourself soon.

After an arrest, the next step is to post bond. If you have to post bond, it will cost around 10 to 20 percent of whatever the bond amount is to pay the bond and get out of jail. If you don't go to court when requested, the person who posted the bond has to pay the entire amount to the court. Instead of doing that, a bounty hunter is normally used to find and forcefully bring you to court, so it's best to be on time with your attorney present.

Biking white intoxicated: Technically legal in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has no laws against riding a bike while intoxicated. That's good news if you were stopped for public intoxication but were on your bike at the time. The state is one of 29 that does not restrict people from riding bicycles while intoxicated, partly due to the fact that it keeps them out from behind the wheels of motor vehicles.

Why does it matter if riding a bike is okay when you're drunk?

What are some kinds of homicides?

Imagine not having the choice when it came to killing another person. You knew it was wrong, but there was nothing you could do to prevent it. Now you face a homicide charge. Homicides cover a range of killings, both intentional and unintentional. Many kinds of homicides break criminal laws, which means that the people who committed them may be charged and prosecuted.

First-degree murder is the first kind of homicide and the most serious. First-degree murders are intentional and premeditated. Both short- and long-term plans count as premeditation.

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